really awful
Crashes / Fires:
11 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 1
Average Mileage:
31,386 miles

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2003 Toyota Avalon seat belts / air bags problems

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2003 Toyota Avalon Owner Comments (Page 9 of 9)

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problem #12

Aug 112010


  • 171,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. The contact stated the air bag light illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer to have NHTSA recall campaign id number 10V354000, steering repair performed in August of 2003 and the air bag light has been on since the recall repair. The steering recall remedy included replacing the steering interlock device. The dealer replaced the air bag on the steering wheel and the clock spring. Whenever, the air bag light came on the dealer offered several solutions, but none of them have were performed. The failure mileage was unknown. The current mileage was 171,000.

- Brague, OK, USA

problem #11

Dec 292011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 140,998 miles
Airbag system warning indicator light flashes intermittently. Independent repair shop found no codes stored during vehicle check. Illumination of warning light is inconsistent, has no apparent connection to speed or conditions, but has occurred repeatedly. Due to the seriousness of airbag system failure, and the apparent trend of complaints for this specific problem on a range of Toyota Avalon model years, inaction by NHTSA and Toyota must cease.

- Columbia, MO, USA

problem #10

Sep 152011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. While driving approximately 25 mph, the contact noticed a squealing coming from the engine. The contact stated that the noise was coming from the crankshaft pulley. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics or repairs. The contact referenced NHTSA campaign id number: 11V539000 (engine and engine cooling) but the recall did not include the 2003 models, only 2004. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000. Updated 01/04/12 the consumer also stated the air bag light has been on since 2008. Updated 01/09/12

- Milford, PA, USA

problem #9

Nov 172010

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles


Air bag light on since I have this vehicle dealer cannot fix it. Also noise from pulley loud noise I see a recall on the 2004 Avalon but not on the 2003 but it's making the same noise as the 2004.

- Milford , PA, USA

problem #8

Aug 012011

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 97,500 miles
Air bag system light is now luminated on dasbord which indicates indicates the system is disabled. This started on 8/1/2011 had auto repair shop do scan down on vehicle and no codes are appearing to show problem with airbag system. This vehicle was bought new in 2003 fromtoyota dealership. Current odm reading 97,500. Any body else have this problem?will be calling Toyota manufacturer.

- Turlock, CA, USA

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problem #7

Nov 142010

Avalon 6-cyl

  • 67,600 miles
Air bag warning light began flashing then stopped. Took to dealer who discovered a error code B0166 stored in the computer (open circuit in left side airbag) but was not flashing when evaluated. One day later the light again came on. The dealer wants $1700 plus labor to fix and that it would be inoperative in an accident. I contacted Toyota--[xxx] at 800-331-4331 who advised me it was out of warranty and Toyota would take no responsibility for fixing a federally mandated safety feature which has no maintenance or wear and tear expectation. It is a part not expected to fail. I am now waiting on a supervisor, [xxx], to call me back but [xxx] assures me he will not be helpful either. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Hot Springs , AR, USA

problem #6

Jul 012010


  • miles


The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Avalon. Upon starting the vehicle the air bag light illuminated on the dashboard. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer on numerous occasions where it was repaired. The failure continued to recur so the vehicle was taken back to an authorized dealer where he was informed the front drivers side seat needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 58,000.

- Myrtle Beach, SC, USA

problem #5

Apr 192005

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 22,000 miles
2003, Toyota Avalon, backing up, sudden acceleration, pole stopped car, brakes didn't stop racing engine, put car in drive, shot forward into golf course, brakes wouldn't work, put car in park, didn't stop car, hit trees, utility pole, tried to steer, little or no response, turned key off, car finally stopped, car totaled, airbags did not deploy, seat belt on, but impact made head hit left side of windshield, received concussion, overnight hospital stay. Reported to Toyota, they wanted car, we refused to let them have it. Toyota sent inspector he refused to open hood, or put auto on hoist to examine, refused to examine, just took pictures. Then Toyota attorney sent letter saying they couldn't see from their examination that the car failed. Had 3 wittiness that Toyota inspector refused to inspect car. My automobile insurance totaled auto and settled, they took auto.

- Bartlesville, OK, USA

problem #4

Apr 182004

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Stepped on brake and car accelerates into very high speed.

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 092004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My mother-in-law who always wore her seat belt was driving home at night and somehow ran off the road hit a little cherry tree and was thrown from her car & killed her. The side nor the front air bags went off. And apparently the seat belts failed too. The highway partrol can't figure out what happened.

- Hartsville, SC, USA

problem #2

Apr 042004

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
While driving 5 mph, the driver applied the brake pedal and without warning the vehicle accelerated uncontrollably. The driver was not able to maintain control of the vehicle and collided into a fence. Both frontal air bags failed to deploy. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #1

Apr 012003

Avalon 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,661 miles
While pulling inside of a parking space, the vehicle suddenly accelerated uncontrollably. The consumer placed both feet on the brake pedal. But vehicle continued to accelerated. The consumer turned off the vehicle in order to stop it. The consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection but mechanic could not duplicate the problem. When the vehicle went out of control the last time, the consumer hit a wall and the air bags did not deploy.

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

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